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  1. #1
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    Default saddle shopping -- selling/buying brown saddle

    I'm looking for a used saddle in a particular make/model/seat for my young horse (currently riding in a borrowed saddle of this type).

    I can find only one, on Ebay, that is brown. My horse would look fine in brown, but...

    -- What is the resale value on a brown saddle?
    -- I worry about finding stirrups, girths, bridles, etc in an economical price range. For example, I take a very long stirrup leather and prefer the 1/2" holes.

    Brown saddle owners, help me out here!



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    Brown saddles still usually sell a bit cheaper than black saddles of the same make/model/size, which is a huge plus for many people because one can afford "more" for less. Ebay is a pretty good barometer for current pricing/value, not always but generally. So, if you feel the price is fair, then its likely thats what its resale value will be in the nature of +/- 20%. Some sellers on ebay are completely out to lunch.

    I haven't had a problem at all matching girths, leathers and bridles. It depends on how economical you mean. I think wintec makes a brown fleece girth thats inexpensive and people like.

    The only real difficulty you'll run into is leathers, but they're out there, and you can always oil to get a better match. I have bobby's buffalo with half holes, beval and toulouse calfskin with 3/4" holes.

    I personally have a strong preference for brown tack, I love leather with character.
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    I had a brown Albion Original Comfort dressage saddle. I bought it for $750 from my barn owner and later sold it on eBay for around $900.

    I used it with an inexpensive brown Wintec dressage girth. Bit of Britain has a good selection of brown dressage girths too.

    http://www.carouselhorsetack.com/win...mpaign=Froogle

    My stirrup leathers were 64" Courbette in brown, but did not have 1/2" holes.

    http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2...Category_Code=



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    Gary Mundy might be able to make you brown stirrup leathers with half holes. He made me my brown leathers for my very dark brown Prestige Top. I did holes every 3/4", IIRC.

    I've not yet found a brown washable fleece dressage girth, but finding a brown leather one is not that hard.
    Full-time bargain hunter.



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    Which brand are you looking at, if you don't mind me asking?
    For many European brands, older models came in brown, but newer ones are in black.



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    Never had a problem finding brown fittings to match.

    Love brown dressage tack. It's becoming fashionable again, so it's selling somewhat better.



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    I had heard brown was the new black, but I've had one for sale for a bit, and the tack store owners have said it's slower because it's brown. FWIW.
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    I have a brown dressage saddle and tend to be drawn to them... You will have no problem finding fittings. Most companies will offer the longer brown leathers. Just ask a tack store to order them for you if they don't have them in stock. With monoflap jumping saddles being so popular these days, finding a short brown girth is easier and easier. A few that come to mind: Nunn Finer makes a girth under $100. Prestige has both a straight and anatomic girth for under $200. Courbette does make the half hole leathers in the longer length (I think!) you may just have to ask for them. Prestige makes long brown leathers too.

    Resale: Difficult. While brown may be the new black, like any fad, it is easier to sell the tried and true traditional. Brown dressage saddles tend to sit for a while for sale until just the right person comes along who has a horse that it will fit AND likes brown!



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    I'm trialing a used brown County saddle for use on a 4 YO who is being ridden in an identical saddle with success (trainer's saddle). Eventually I'd like to buy a new version of this saddle but not for another few years. I have always wanted a brown dressage saddles and like the rich brown in the pics I've seen of the saddle. On the down side it won't look good on every horse and I have a bunch of black bling browbands that will be rendered useless.

    In the end, it just needs to fit.



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    Default Brown Dressage saddle

    I have a brown Neidersuisse ok got it used and a great deal 'cause brown is not in!

    Just cant ride in black tack!!



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    I have a brown Wintec girth, but I'm not going to be buying anything Wintec anymore.

    As for leathers, I just use my black leathers. They look better with black boots, and since my saddle doesn't have keepers, it doesn't matter that they don't match the saddle.



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    Hey I'm in the PNW and I just bought a brown KN Symphonie too! Cheap- $400!!! So excited



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    I really like these anatomical girths, and they are available in brown, inexpensive, all different sizes too: http://cgi.ebay.com/Delfina-Anatomic...c#ht_759wt_691



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